INTERVIEW: D E S I G N E R - M A R I G I U D I C E L L I
Mari Giudicelli is a Brooklyn based footwear designer. We're very excited to be carrying the second collection from her vintage inspired eponymous shoe line. We asked her a couple questions about the line and about herself.
How would you describe Mari Giudicelli the brand?
"The continuous and everlasting process of discovering, not the discovery itself."
What inspired you to create your own shoe line?
I wanted to create a sincere product, that adds to women life and not subtract. To help create a holistic wardrobe, facilitating their lives.
What is your creative process like?
I like to travel in the beginning of the process to find inspiration. See how people dress and behave in different cities is key to my design process. Then of course, find materials, color pallets, trims, etc. I'm always drawing and taking notes and photos. Sometimes if I'm lucky, a design come to me on my dreams. Those are usually very special ones, but doesn't happen very often.
What was your inspiration for the S/S '17 collection?
I found this book at this thrift store in Brooklyn, and it was about Albert Eckhout, a German painter that came to Brazil on the 1600’s to make portraits of the natives, slaves and mulattos of Brazil, and archive the endless plants and animals through sketches. Along with another painter, doctor, and natural scientist, the team of four went out to explore, document and describe Brazil. The insecurity of adventure, the juxtaposition between tropical landscapes foregrounding gloomy skies, the infiltration of colonialism upon indigenous elements like raffia, wood and silky flowers; this collection embodies an underlying theme of binary opposition, showcasing an unbiased perspective of Brazilian beauty.
What is one thing that people don’t know about Mari Giudicelli the woman?
I'm very shy.
It’s noticeable that your collection has a strong focus on fabrication and texture, how do you go about sourcing these materials?
I work with local manufacturers only. I try as much as possible not to ship materials around the globe, it just seems like an unnecessary large footprint when I have such amazing suppliers available in Brazil.
What are you In Support Of?
Respect and love and living in the present moment.